Andrea G Artz : Commission

Andrea G Artz

Andrea is a German born visual artist & photographer based in London. Her work has emerged out of photography’s expanded field & incorporates installation, sculpture, photography, video & immersive realities. She is particularly interested in the human figure & the portrait and likes to investigate concepts of portrait photography throughout history.

Andrea’s new work for the commission explores the impact of Covid-19 by documenting how travel has changed, how people feel about travelling, their worries and concerns, public transport including trains, buses, tubes and flights are documented and audio from interviews with travellers are collected. The 2d portraits will become three-dimensional and will be digitally animated in order for audiences to engage with the commission. Andrea has made full body portraits rather than documentary pictures and has used her unique process of printing, cutting, folding and origami to create photographic sculptures to be animated. She is exploring humanness, freedom, limitless possibilities, the expansion of consciousness, and at the same time displacement, tension and existential loneliness.

Andrea’s recent site-specific installations feature photographic portraits that are folded three-dimensionally in a playful way and give rise to filigree, nearly weightless objects, space occupations or conceptual spaces. In her latest solo exhibition “The Forest of Query”, she has used sound & animation to invite the viewer to understand the photographic image in a contemporary setting such as virtual realities.

Most recent awards include Arts Council England Lottery Funding for her virtual reality project Ghost Weight Experience, a Mac Dowell Fellowship & residency, Arts Council England’s “Developing Your Creative Practice Grant”,  a European Centre for Creative Economy (ECCE) grant, and a Bullseye Glass material grant for a residency in the high desert @ Yucca Valley Material lab.

Exhibitions include The Foyer @ School of Design/University of Leeds, Royal Academy of Arts, Towner Eastbourne, Charles Dickens Museum, APT Gallery, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Palais des Art Marseille amongst others.

Her photographic work has been published widely and featured in The New Yorker, Fortune, Time, Zeit, Spiegel, Stern, Geo, British Airways High Life amongst many others.

Image Credit: Farewells. Andrea G Artz

Copyright 2016 GRAIN.